Power Sector News And Other Related News Stories For Thursday November 9th 2023
REA Announces Commissioning of Nigeria’s First Interconnected Solar Hybrid Mini-Grid
The Rural Electrification Agency (REA) is pleased to announce the commissioning of Nigeria’s first Interconnected Hybrid Solar Mini-Grid in the Toto community of Nasarawa State, scheduled for tomorrow, November 9, 2023. This event marks a significant advancement in the nation’s pursuit of universal electricity access and sustainable energy solutions.
In a robust collaboration with Powergen Nigeria Limited and Abuja Electricity Distribution Plc (AEDC), the REA has successfully facilitated the completion of the 352kWp solar hybrid mini-grid project, a pioneering step in the electrification of rural communities in Nigeria.
4,000MW Electricity Generation Shameful, Unacceptable – Adelabu
The minister of power, Adebayo Adelabu, has described as shameful the fact that Nigeria’s electricity transmission and distribution capacity has remained stagnated at about 4000MW for several years,
Adelabu, who spoke during a parley with power correspondents in Abuja yesterday, stressed that the situation was not acceptable.
He also said he had ordered investigation into the extension, by five years, the licences of Electricity Distribution Companies, otherwise known as DisCos
Why Tinubu Stopped Electricity Tariff Increase
Adebayo Adelabu, minister of power, says President Bola Tinubu recently stopped the increase in electricity tariff and insisted on the payment of subsidy on power consumed nationwide.
Adelabu disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja on Wednesday.
He also said the federal government would investigate the legality of the five-year licence extension given to privatised power distribution and generation companies, stressing that the operating licences of the firms would have expired on October 31, 2023.
The minister also threatened to sack any non-performing chief executive in agencies under the power ministry, if their non-performance would put his job at risk.
Nigerians Will See Improvement in Power Supply in Few Weeks–Adelabu
Adebayo Adelabu, minister of power has said that boosting the power supply in the country, is a priority for his administration in line with the mandate of the Bola Tinubu-led administration, adding that in the next few weeks, Nigerians will see further improvements in power supply.
The minister stated this in Abuja while addressing journalists as regards the Friday incident in which an aircraft operated by Flint Aero crash-landed at the Samuel Ladoke Akintola Airport, Ibadan, Oyo State. This he said was a result of his desire to prioritise national assignment over personal interest.
FG Shifts Focus to Distribution Network Expansion
With over 13,000 Megawatts of installed power generation capacity and 7,100MW transmission capacity, the Federal Government has said priorities would now shift to improving the distribution segment of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry, NESI, as part of an effort to boost power supply to homes and businesses.
The Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu who disclosed this during an interactive session with journalists in Abuja, said the government would work hard to bridge the seven million metering gap in the industry to boost liquidity.
Chief Adelabu explained that after many years of failing to improve the power supply, it was for the government to change tact and put in place policies that specifically target the distribution segment.
Minister of Power Orders Investigation Into a Five-Year Extension of a License for Discos
The Minister of Power, Mr. Adebayo Adelabu has ordered an investigation into the five-year extension of license for electricity distribution companies after the elapse of their initial ten-year license from 2013 to 2023.
Mr Adebayo Adelabu disclosed this during a one-day interaction session with journalists in Abuja.